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Last updated August 19 2019 at 4:49 PM

213 Apartments for rent in Birmingham, AL

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Last updated August 19 at 03:17pm
14 Units Available
Retreat at Rocky Ridge
1000 Autumn Wood Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$845
760 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$840
936 sqft
The Retreat apartment homes have contemporary kitchens with granite-inspired countertops and black appliances. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center and basketball courts on-site. Easy access to shopping and entertainment venues.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:17pm
Industrial Center
26 Units Available
Avenues of Lakeshore
901 Wildwood Xing, Birmingham, AL
Studio
$828
583 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,008
820 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$997
1070 sqft
Scenic inspiration surrounds The Avenues of Lakeshore (fka Wildwood Crossings) with graceful woods and a tranquil creek complimenting this vibrant apartment home community.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
34 Units Available
Grand Highlands at Vestavia Hills
3251 Overton Rd, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,015
803 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,230
1159 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,532
1350 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Grand Highlands at Vestavia Hills in Birmingham. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
27 Units Available
Retreat at Greystone I
201 Retreat Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,143
862 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,310
1175 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,520
1435 sqft
New premier community in north Shelby offers open floor plans, kitchen islands, granite counters, fireplace, wood flooring, walk-in closets, private entry from garage. Enjoy green community, salt-water pool, controlled access, and fitness center.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
1 Unit Available
Parkside
1701 1st Ave, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,938
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Come and enjoy a life well lived at Birmingham's Parkside Apartments...Your neighborhood provides the backdrop to your life, so enjoy the best Birmingham has to offer at Parkside Apartments.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
13 Units Available
The Point at Oak Mountain
1 Stonecrest Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$910
850 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,025
1150 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,455
1488 sqft
Beautiful location in the Greystone area close to shops and dining. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with in-home washer/dryer, private patio/balcony and hardwood floors. Community features volleyball court, tennis court and pool.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
9 Units Available
The Trails at Cahaba River
801 Cahaba Forest Cv, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$820
803 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$860
975 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Just moments from the Target shopping center and Inverness Plaza, this community has a great location and offers residents a fitness center and two swimming pools. Apartments feature walk-in closets, vaulted ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces.
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Last updated August 19 at 01:10pm
Five Points South
3 Units Available
Advenir at Station 121
2000 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,461
733 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Prime location in the center of downtown Birmingham close to shops and entertainment. Apartments have washer/dryer in-unit, private patio/balcony and updated kitchens. Gym, pool, bike storage and courtyard.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:59pm
Sand Ridge
12 Units Available
The Village At Lakeshore
251 London Parkway, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,282
921 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,545
1174 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,657
1478 sqft
This upscale community features a pet park, clubhouse and resort-style pool. Apartment features include designer cabinetry, walk-in closets and open floorplans. Red Mountain Park and Bluff Park Shopping Center are just short drives away.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
23 Units Available
Hawthorne at Lake Heather
1 Lake Heather Reserve, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$895
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,143
1213 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,546
1438 sqft
This luxury community is just minutes from Highway 280 and I-459. Luxury apartments feature ample space, designer kitchens, and lots of storage. Amenities include an outdoor kitchen, saltwater swimming pool, and fire pit.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:42pm
31 Units Available
Colony Woods
2000 Colony Park Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$860
784 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$895
1101 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,126
1445 sqft
A fantastic community with ample luxury. Apartments feature a fireplace, hardwood floors and updated appliances. Available furnished. On-site tennis court, pool, gym and a fire pit. Trash valet and package receiving available. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:12pm
21 Units Available
Inverness Cliffs
100 Inverness Cliffs Drive, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$880
878 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$935
1254 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
1356 sqft
Walk-in closets, ceiling fans, extra storage, and a fireplace. Amenities include a 24-hr gym, business center, and dog park. Pet-friendly. Twenty minutes to downtown Birmingham.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
33 Units Available
The Avenues of Inverness
3100 Heatherbrooke Rd, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$681
724 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$779
999 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$969
1225 sqft
Easy access to I-65 and I-459 for getting around all of Birmingham. Many floor plans available. Residences include fireplaces, breakfast bars and more. Pet friendly with free Wi-Fi hotspots and gym.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
12 Units Available
150 Summit
150 Summit Pl, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$911
761 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,179
1084 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,293
1292 sqft
Live in one of the friendliest apartments in Birmingham, AL and surround yourself with beautiful landscaping, comfortable homes, and thoughtful amenities.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
Forest Park
8 Units Available
Park 35 on Clairmont
3500 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,755
819 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,365
1105 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,744
1398 sqft
No residential location in Birmingham surrounds you with the incredible variety of choices you'll find at Park35. Enjoy Highland Park Golf Course and the lush views it has to offer.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
Fountain Heights
1 Unit Available
Pizitz Building
120 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,970
985 sqft
It all began in 1923 with one man’s vision for a better Birmingham. That vision became The Pizitz.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
20 Units Available
Abbey at Inverness
1000 Hunt Cliff Rd, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$799
741 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$939
1063 sqft
Located just minutes from Highway 820, I-459 and the Summit. Residents enjoy cyber cafe, free Wi-Fi, pools and fitness center. Units feature custom cabinetry, granite countertops and gourmet kitchen.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:09pm
Glen Iris
44 Units Available
Valora at Homewood
915 Valley Ridge Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$745
828 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$845
1294 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Valora at Homewood is one of the best apartments in Homewood youll find! Valora apartments offer newly renovated spacious garden style and townhome floor plans.
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Last updated August 19 at 01:24pm
Five Points South
6 Units Available
Flats on Fourth
1508 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL
Studio
$1,135
397 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,375
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,235
1142 sqft
Flats on 4th is redefining boutique urban apartment living in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
Sand Ridge
19 Units Available
Stonegate
101 Leaf Lake Blvd, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,100
879 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,242
1247 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,552
1517 sqft
Luxury meets comfort in these spacious homes with hardwood floors, expansive windows, designer kitchens and other unique finishes. Located in a quiet neighborhood of Birmingham with pool, dog park, tennis court, and more.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
11 Units Available
Emerald Pointe Apartment Homes
2149 Emerald Pointe Dr, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$720
703 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$864
926 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$999
1068 sqft
Experience Birmingham living at Emerald Pointe. Emerald Pointe offers something unique in apartment living. From our specious floor plans to our peaceful park setting, we've got it all.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
14 Units Available
Chace Lake Villas
98 Chace Lake Pkwy, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$796
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$930
1120 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,125
1339 sqft
Spacious apartments with access to 24-hour fitness center, car care center, tennis court, basketball court and outdoor pool. Resort-like environment conveniently located near Riverchase Galleria.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
Fountain Heights
5 Units Available
Thomas Jefferson Tower
1623 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,430
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,580
1143 sqft
Thomas Jefferson Tower | Downtown Birmingham Apartments Thomas Jefferson Tower combines the convenience of modern living with the classic lines of Birmingham's historic architectural heyday.
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Last updated August 19 at 03:16pm
Sand Ridge
14 Units Available
Arium Lakeshore
2850 Venice Rd SW, Birmingham, AL
1 Bedroom
$1,295
890 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,420
1234 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,585
1491 sqft
A gated community that features intrusion alarms, walk-in closets and rainfall showers. Amenities include a 24-hour gym, a fire pit and a dog park. Minutes to downtown Birmingham via Interstates 20 or 65 or Hwy 11.

Average Rent in Birmingham

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Birmingham is $830, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $961.
Studio
$738
1 Bed
$830
2 Beds
$961
3+ Beds
$1,292
City GuideBirmingham
At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains sits one of the American South’s most storied cities, Birmingham, Alabama. Outsiders may forever remember the city for its violent, segregationist past, but residents of today’s Birmingham know their city as a vibrant, ethnically diverse community that just happens to boast some of the Deep South’s most affordable and attractive renting options. So what do you say? Are you ready to head on down to Dixie and start living the high life with Birmingh...
Life in Birmingham

Let’s not kid ourselves: The consensus among those who’ve never lived in Alabama – or at least visited it– is that the state is nothing but a giant backwoods farmland filled with dudes in cut-off tees who drive around in their Confederate flag-covered pickup trucks all day blaring “Free Bird.” Then they go home, crack open a fresh can of whatever light beer was on sale at the local Piggly Wiggly that day, and sit down on their couches (which are situated on their front lawns, of course) to watch NASCAR races that they taped on their circa-1983 VCRs.

Such depictions of ‘Bama may make for comedy gold, but the truth is that metropolitan Birmingham in the 21st century is home to more than 1.1 million residents who hail from various walks of life and enjoy all the amenities of a modern big city. Formerly a hub for the agricultural and steel industries only, Birmingham is now a hotspot for the healthcare, financial, and publishing businesses as well. Three of the state’s major law schools are located within city limits, in addition to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB School of Medicine, and various other private and public universities, which combine to give parts of the city a strong collegiate vibe.

The city is also dotted with numerous parks, trails, art galleries, nightlife venues, ethnic restaurants, an opera house, symphony orchestra, and various museums including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park, which pay tribute to past residents who dedicated their lives to the struggle for racial equality. Bottom line: If you show up in Birmingham expecting to find some barely-modernized episode of Hee Haw going on around you, you’re in store for a mighty case of culture shock.

Jobs and the Mighty Dollar Bill

Because the city’s cost of living rate is so low (17 percentage points lower than the average American city), Birmingham is an ideal stomping grounds for careerists looking to settle down, build up a bankroll, and stash away some greenbacks in the process. The city has become a hotbed in recent years for white-collar professionals in the medical, insurance, and financial industries, many of whom live in the plethora of budget-friendly rentals in the B’ham ‘burbs and commute to the inner city for work each day.

We don’t want to send you into Birmingham under false pretenses, though (wow, aren’t we sweet!), so you should probably know that “Magic City” isn’t quite so magical for all those in the workforce. Certain parts of the city are rather destitute, and nearly a quarter of Birmingham residents live under the poverty line. So use that world-famous common sense of yours and make sure you have a reliable gig lined up in Birmingham before scouring the land for your dream dwellings.

Traffic, traffic, and traffic

Have we mentioned traffic?

Because basically everyone in Birmingham who lives outside the downtown area drives his or her own car, rush hour traffic can be a soul-sucking, white-knuckling, hair-pulling, fist-shaking, middle finger-waving misadventure. Try traveling east on Hwy 80 around five o’clock, for instance, and you might find yourself jealous of the slugs crawling by at a pace much quicker than your own. Likewise, it won’t take long for you to realize why locals have dubbed the I-59/I-65 interchange “Malfunction Junction.” Public transportation (the MAX city buses and DART trolleys) is available, but it’s only a reasonable option if you’re bumming around the inner city, so make sure you bring your own car to Birmingham, and plan on spending an hour or two inside it on most days.

In recent years, the downtown area has seen an increase in high-end lofts and condos, while the areas immediately surrounding the eclectic, artsy Five Points South district remain popular locales for leasers as well. Some of the more desireable suburban neighborhoods include Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Hoover, where renters can typically find quality apartments and freestanding houses for rent in the $600-$800 range.

Tips for Tenants

Apartments and other rental units are easy as mom’s apple pie to find in Birmingham, so take your time and shop the market before settling on your future lodgings. Waiting lists are pretty much nonexistent, but if you do come across one, you might want to just shrug it off, because it won’t be difficult to find something comparable. Whether you’re in the market for a basic studio pad, a luxurious flat loaded with flash and dazzle, or anything in between, you’ll have no shortage of options in Birmingham.

In addition to apartments, condos, and townhouses, single family detached homes are readily available in Birmingham. Boring but meaningful stat alert: Just 47 percent of the city’s residents are homeowners, but freestanding houses account for 61 percent of all residential buildings. It doesn’t take a math degree from UAB to realize those numbers add up to good news for renters who’d prefer four walls to call their own (at least temporarily!).

Different landlords throughout town have different rules regarding pets (most allow them, but some don’t), subletting, and roommates, so before you visit an apartment, call ahead to get some preliminary info. And be on the lookout for move-in specials, which frequently pop up especially around the UAB/Five Points/Southside areas. Rental prices obviously differ depending on size, location, and amenities, but the typical 1-2BR unit in Birmingham goes for between $500-$800 and lucky leasers can even find a few furnished luxury pads in a similar price range.

And now you’re all set to start the journey for your dream digs. So welcome to Birmingham, enjoy some grits and hominy while you’re down here, and happy hunting!

August 2019 Birmingham Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 Birmingham Rent Report. Birmingham rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Birmingham rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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August 2019 Birmingham Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 Birmingham Rent Report. Birmingham rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Birmingham rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Birmingham rents declined significantly over the past month

Birmingham rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Birmingham stand at $831 for a one-bedroom apartment and $961 for a two-bedroom. Birmingham's year-over-year rent growth is on par with the state average of 2.4%, but exceeds the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across cities in Alabama

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Birmingham, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Alabama, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.4% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, Mobile is the most expensive of all Alabama's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $965; of the 10 largest Alabama cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Madison experiencing the fastest growth (+6.8%).
    • Phenix City, Mobile, and Huntsville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.5%, 3.5%, and 3.1%, respectively).

    Birmingham rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have increased moderately in Birmingham, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Birmingham is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Birmingham's median two-bedroom rent of $961 is below the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 2.4% increase in Birmingham.
    • While Birmingham's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Dallas (+2.1%), and New York (+1.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Birmingham than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,126, which is more than three times the price in Birmingham.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Birmingham’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Birmingham renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apart...

    View full Birmingham Renter Survey

    Here’s how Birmingham ranks on:

    C
    Overall satisfaction
    C
    Safety and crime rate
    B
    Jobs and career opportunities
    B-
    Recreational activities
    A-
    Affordability
    B+
    Quality of schools
    B-
    Social Life
    C+
    Weather
    C
    Commute time
    D
    State and local taxes
    D
    Public transit
    A
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Birmingham’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Birmingham renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Some categories received above average scores, and many received near-average scores."

    Key Findings in Birmingham include the following:

    • Birmingham renters gave their city a C overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Birmingham were pet-friendliness (A), affordability (A-) and quality of local schools (B+).
    • The areas of concern to Birmingham renters are state and local taxes and public transit, which both received D grades.
    • Birmingham did relatively poorly compared to other Southern cities like Atlanta (B), New Orleans (B), Charleston (A-) and Columbia (B-).
    • Birmingham did relatively poorly compared to cities nationwide, including Houston (B+), Chicago (B-) and Raleigh (A).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here.

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